“I have long considered that one of the primary qualifications for being “accepted” into the major parties as a serious candidate (for anything) is that you’re able to be blackmailed. There has to be something in your past that they know about and can use to “keep you in line.” There is an utterly-ridiculous over-representation of people in the US Congress and other “high positions” that have been accused (or even proved) to have had interest in “little girls”, as an example, which has led to the (not very funny) anecdote that the only way to “get” this politician or that is to find them with a dead girl — or live boy.
As just one example I give you Dennis Hastert, who was Speaker of the House. Long after he left office (but sadly for him, before he died) he was accused of structuring transactions illegally to pay off a kid he allegedly did inappropriate things with before he was in the House at all, say much less before he was Speaker. It beggars belief that nobody knew of this alleged indiscretion before Hastert ascended to the House itself, say much less Speaker of the House.
Therefore this is a perfectly reasonable question: Who blackmailed him and what did they get? I remind you that the Speaker of the House has near-absolute control over what is and isn’t heard on the floor and thus what bills can and cannot be voted on.”
“I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
– Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon learning of the success of the attack on
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
– H.L. Mencken
“For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.”
—From the opening lines of the 1943 movie, The Song of Bernadette
Jennifer Warnes co-wrote and sang the related and beautiful Song of Bernadette. Here’s a good version.
You’ve heard of the healing waters at Lourdes, France, right? The movie is about that and 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.
“Nobody is coming to save you.”
Cubicle-based desk jockey could still be passionate
We’re doing people an incredible disservice by telling them they should seek, and pursue, what they love. People usually can’t differentiate what they really love and what they love the idea of.
But more importantly, you are not meant to do what you love. You are meant to do what you’re skilled at. Imagine an aspiring doctor with a low IQ but a lot of “passion.” They wouldn’t make it through medical school, and you wouldn’t want them to.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Source: Selected Sunday Scriptures- #113 | Donal Graeme